Berlinale: Prizes Generation

Awards and Juries in the Generation section

In this section the jury members are no older than those of the audience. Eleven children and seven teens award the best films with Crystal Bears. Special Mentions are given for outstanding achievements. Two international juries present further prizes in the Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus competition.

Prizes of the Children’s Jury in the Competition Generation Kplus

Min lilla syster, Dhanak, Hadiatt Abi, The Tie

The members of the Children's Jury in Generation Kplus - Nathan J. Frank, Midori Fuchs, Hannah Kähler, Ilayda Koyuncu, Lasse Kühlcke, Jascha Richter, Anaïs Rother, Alanza Schmidt, Joseph Askar Schönfelder, Gustav Wallgren, Béla Eric Winde - give the following awards:

Crystal Bear for the Best Film:
Min Lilla Syster (My Skinny Sister)
by Sanna Lenken, Sweden / Germany 2015
The film’s unique perspective, stunning performances and challenging theme really touched our hearts.

Special Mention:
Dhanak (Rainbow)
by Nagesh Kukunoor, India 2014
This year, we chose a colorful, touching and humorous film. The story and the performances of the young protagonists impressed us deeply.

Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film:
Hadiatt Abi (Gift of My Father)
by Salam Salman, Iraq / Great Britain / Netherlands / USA 2014
We liked the short film because it is sad and touching at the same time. Based on a true event, the film is shocking and striking, with the last scene in particular being really convincing.

Special Mention:
The Tie
by An Vrombaut, Belgium 2014
The story is thrilling and sweetly told, a film made for all generations. We were enchanted by the exciting animation.

Prizes of the Generation Kplus International Jury

Dhanak, Min lilla syster, Giovanni en het waterballet, Agnes

The members of the Generation Kplus International Jury - Bettina Blümner, Tom Hern, Michal Matus - give the following awards:

The Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the best feature-length film, endowed with € 7,500 by the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk:
Dhanak (Rainbow)
by Nagesh Kukunoor, India 2014
This dynamically-directed film delivers joy and heartbreak in equal measure - the young brother and sister at its heart and the unbreakable love between them are irresistible. As we journey across the country with these two young people, we become deeply invested in their quirky “against all odds” quest. We were constantly surprised by the twists and turns in their journey, and the unusual, eccentric characters that awaits them at each and every juncture! Filled with color, magic, music, spontaneity and a plenty of emotion, this film lives up to its name and delivers a celebration of life to savor long after the end credits roll!

Special Mention:
Min Lilla Syster (My Skinny Sister)
by Sanna Lenken, Sweden / Germany 2015
The script of this feature film is well-balanced and thoughtfully structured. The direction is considered and convincing, and the performances - particularly that of its talented young leading lady ¬- are superb. Despite tackling a challenging issue head-on, the filmmakers succeed in delivering real humor and charm as well as uneasy tension and visceral emotion.

The Special Prize of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the best short film, endowed with € 2,500 by the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk:
Giovanni en het waterballet (Giovanni and the Water Ballet)
by Astrid Bussink, Netherlands 2014
This exceptionally charming, laugh-out-loud-hilarious, piece of cinema about a very special, charismatic boy with an unusual dream, not only won the hearts of Generation Kplus audiences, but ours too! We are endeared by the priceless, intimate moments that we are invited to share with the film’s hero and heroine. We conclude that such honest moments could only be captured by a filmmaking team that had truly earned the trust of their subjects - and for this, we applaud the director and the team. This film is visually dynamic, funny and has a poignant, inspiring, although understated message. Simply put, we fell in love with this boy.

Special Mention:
by Anja Lind, Sweden 2014
This delicate, sensitive film invites the audience into a very young protagonist’s perspective - where we are able to understand and empathize with her hurt and vulnerability. The restrained performances are pitched at befittingly natural level and the cinematography and sound support the story beautifully whilst never becoming obvious.

Prizes of the Youth Jury in the Competition Generation 14plus

Flocken, Prins, A Confession, Nelly

The members of the Youth Jury Generation 14plus - Leila Albrecht, Jan Hendrik Blanke, Alina Neichel, Maya Viola Oppitz, Lotta Schwerk, David Siegmund-Schultze, Fabian Volkers - give the following awards:

Crystal Bear for the Best Film: Flocken
by Beata Gårdeler, Sweden 2015

The film which struck us the most was one which succeeds in continuously maintaining its oppressive atmosphere. This film gives us a precise and intense experience of the mechanisms of progressive social exclusion, triggered by an accusation. It excels in its portrayal of the role of social networks, where anonymity can lead to the unchecked build-up of aggression. A great cast, gripping dialog and unexpected developments combine to create an extraordinary work.

Special Mention: Prins
by Sam de Jong, Netherlands 2015

We would like to take this opportunity to highlight a film with a perky, dynamic and colourful appearance. Aesthetically composed images lead us into the world of a protagonist who is torn between his desire for appreciation and his determination to do the right thing. The self-ironic treatment of stereotypes, the creative cinematography and the stirring soundtrack all grant this movie its cult appeal.

Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film: A Confession
by Petros Silvestros, Great Britain 2015

With clear, monumental images the winning short film stresses the relationship between authoritarian sway and helplessness, erupting into violence. Within a limited amount of shots the film develops an extraordinary tension and intensity. Years of silence and suppression ultimately culminate in a nightmare scenario, which left us stunned and shocked at the same time.

Special Mention: Nelly
by Chris Raiber, Austria 2014

Loss, transition, the hereafter: With its compelling imagery this short film draws, in a poetic and surreal way, the state between life and death. Although we were directly captured by the puzzling composition of images, in the end it was the smart turn, which makes the film so extraordinary and left us captivated long after the screening.

Prizes of the Generation 14plus International Jury

The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Nena, Coach, Tuolla Puolen

The members of the new Generation 14plus International Jury - Sophie Hyde, Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Marten Rabarts - give the following awards:

The Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus International Jury for the best feature-length film, endowed with € 7,500 by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education):
The Diary of a Teenage Girl by Marielle Heller, USA 2014

With its vibrant cinematic language, including flawless production design, this film reveals an authentic and unique woman discovering her own artistic voice and power, remarkably portrayed by a stunning newcomer. For the superlative characters brought to life by a brilliant ensemble and their director, as well as the uncompromising rejection of conventional morality in favor of human complexity the Grand Prix for the best feature goes to The Diary of a Teenage Girl by Marielle Heller.

Special Mention:
Nena by Saskia Diesing, Netherlands / Germany 2014

In this film, the evocation of specific period and place comments powerfully on the controversial issue of assisted death, reminding us of who finally bears responsibility if the law does not. With its dark ironic tone and compelling performance of a self-determining central character who traverses a difficult personal terrain to not only understand but embrace a painful choice.

The Special Prize of the Generation 14plus International Jury for the best short film, endowed with
€ 2,500 by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education):
Coach by Ben Adler, France 2014

For its tonal mastery in portraying the casual brutality of male relationships, a nuanced script and pitch perfect performances, culminating powerfully in a moment of insight for its teenage protagonist, the jury awards a film which surprised and captivated us.

Special Mention:
Tuolla Puolen by Iddo Soskolne and Janne Reinikainen, Finland 2015

Using ambiguity and cheeky humor to deal with grief, the international jury applauds the visual dexterity and light touch of this film. For its originality and craft, as well as its loving portrayal of sibling reconciliation the special mention goes to: Tuolla puolen.

International Jury Generation Kplus

Bettina Blümner (Germany), director (Prinzessinnenbad) and screenwriter

Tom Hern (New Zealand), director, actor and producer (e.g., The Dark Horse)

Michal Matus (Israel), director of the International Children's Film Festival and the education department of the Cinemateque, both in Tel Aviv

International Jury Generation 14plus

Sophie Hyde (Australia), director, who won the Crystal Bear in 2014 for 52 Tuesdays

Alix Madigan-Yorkin (USA), producer (e.g., Winter’s Bone) and board member of Film Independent

Marten Rabarts (New Zealand), producer and Head of Training and Development at the National Film Development Corporation India as well as newly appointed Head of EYE International in the Netherlands

Children’s Jury and Youth Jury

Eleven children from Berlin, aged 12 to 14, have been invited to be on the Children’s Jury; and seven teenagers on the Youth Jury. They will award the Crystal Bears for Best Short and Feature Films in their respective competitions.

After each Generation screening, questionnaires are distributed amongst the audience. The form offers audience members a chance to express their thoughts and opinions about the film. The film questionnaires do not have to be returned immediately in the cinema but can be completed at home and sent back to Generation by post within one month.

Every year, about 1,500 filmgoers return the questionnaire. Respondents who write openly, honestly and vividly about their film experience stand a chance of being selected to award the Crystal Bears themselves at the following year’s festival. Only children who will be aged 11-14 during the upcoming festival can sit on the Children’s Jury. The members of the Youth Jury must be at least 14, but no older than 18.

The questionnaires are also forwarded to the directors of the participating films, so that each filmmaker can find out first hand how his or her film was received by the Berlin audience.